Benjamin Grosvenor at the Gramophone Awards 2012

28 September 2012, 17:02

The 20-year-old pianist is this year's Young Artist of the Year, and the winner of the Instrumental category, but he's kept his feet firmly on the ground.

A whirlwind year for Benjamin Grosvenor, topped off by two Gramophone Awards: not only has he been crowned Young Artist of the Year, he also won the Instrumental category with his album of Chopin, Liszt and Ravel piano works.

After rushing down to the awards ceremony at London's Dorchester hotel from a TV appearance in Manchester, Benjamin was confronted with an unfamiliar piano, and the thought of an unexpected acceptance speech. But he wasn't fazed, and performed for the Gramophone jury as a thank you for his award.

It's clear the pianist has not let his success affect his performances. "It doesn't change much really, I continue to practise and be as self-critical as I have always been, and just try to improve in any way that I can," he said.